7 April، 2017
The Foreign and Expatriates Ministry affirmed that the US aggression against Syria contradicts the purposes and principles of the United Nations Charter and the role of the United States as a permanent member at the UN Security Council meant to maintain international peace and security, not to mention that such attacks threaten to spread chaos all over the world.
An official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry told SANA on Friday that the United States committed at the dawn of the 7th of April 2017 a blatant aggression on one of the Syrian Arab Army’s air bases in the central region under the pretext of using chemical weapons in Khan Sheikhoun, which is the same pretext promoted by the terrorist organizations and their operators in Washington, Tel Aviv, Riyadh, Doha, Ankara, London, Paris, and their media outlets.
“The Syrian Arab Republic has confirmed that the Syrian Arab Army does not possess chemical weapons and has never used such weapons in any of its operations against armed terrorist groups, and it also condemns the use of such weapons by anyone, anywhere, anytime, and under any circumstance,” the source added.
“In this regard, it is well known that those who used and stockpiled such weapons in many parts of Syria are armed terrorist groups, cooperating with or under the cover of a number of regimes in the region and outside it, including the regimes of Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and some European countries that ignored all facts and documented information about the using of chemical weapons by terrorists many times in different parts of Syria,” the source said.
The source affirmed that the Syrian Arab Republic has cooperated fully and constructively with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and carried out all its obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) as evidenced by the Technical Secretariat reports.
The source added that what happened in Khan Shaikhoun was a deliberate act aimed at justifying the United States’ strikes against the Syrian Arab Army, which has responded and will continue to confront terrorism.
The source pointed out that that real objective of the US aggression against Syria is to weaken the Syrian Arab Army in confronting terrorist groups and it’s in the interests of Israel and the terrorist organizations of Jabhat al-Nusra and ISIS, which are used by the United States to achieve its objectives in Syria, adding that this is not the first time that the US has resorted to aggression against Syrian army, which is considered with its allies and friends the real force in fighting terrorism in Syria and the region.
The source pointed out that the US, which leads an alleged anti-terrorist coalition, killed hundreds of Syrian civilians as acknowledged by the US military command itself and the confessions of other countries in the coalition, adding that the coalition raids also destroyed many Syrian infrastructure facilities, bridges, hospitals, and schools.
“Proceeding from its belief in the need to mobilize all efforts to combat terrorism and respect the rules of international law and the Charter of the United Nations, the government of the Syrian Arab Republic calls upon the Security Council to assume its responsibilities under the UN Charter and to hold an emergency session to consider the serious consequences of the US aggression on Syria, condemn it and discuss ways to ensure that it is not repeated as an act that threatens security and peace in the region and the world,” the source concluded.
Manar al-Freih / Hazem Sabbagh